Dockers meet with management
Dockers directly employed by Hongkong International Terminals will meet the management this morning to press for better working conditions, including overtime pay of 1.5 times their normal wage rate. The meeting takes place after some of these dockers launched a work-to-rule last Thursday. This group of dockers said they would consider escalating their actions if their demands were not met. Other dockers, employed by contractors, are also in dispute with the company.
Mass seeks blessing for Pope
A special mass will be held by the Hong Kong Catholic diocese today to invoke God's blessing on new Pope Francis. The concelebrated mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Caine Road at 8pm.
Taiwan's Siew meets President Xi
Former Taiwanese vice-president Vincent Siew Wan-chang meets President Xi Jinping today on the sidelines of the 2013 Boao Forum for Asia. The meeting will offer clues as to how Taipei and Beijing can strengthen mutual trust and increase mutual economic benefits. Siew leads a high-powered delegation to Boao for the three-day regional forum, which has become an important platform for cross-strait policy dialogue over the years.
Kerry tackles Israel-Palestine issue
US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Israel and the Palestinian Territories in a fresh effort to unlock long-stalled peace talks. Though expectations are low for any breakthrough on Kerry's trip, his diplomacy represents some of the Barack Obama administration's most sustained efforts for ending more than six decades of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Kerry is likely to seek confidence-building measures between the two sides, with negotiators and observers seeing little chance for immediate progress on the big obstacles towards a two-state peace agreement.
US Treasury chief off to Europe
Jacob Lew is heading to Europe, a region fraught with risks to the world economy, after making China his first overseas destination as US treasury secretary last month in a nod to the strongest engine of global growth. Lew arrives today for a two-day visit to meet European Central Bank president Mario Draghi in Frankfurt, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici in Paris and European Union officials in Brussels.
Manchester rivals continue battle
The two Manchester soccer giants meet in a game still vital to both sides, even though United are 15 points clear of second-placed City, whose manager, Roberto Mancini, has conceded his side's reign as champions is all but over. United will be looking to move closer to confirming their title triumph and City are desperate to inflict a bloody nose on their bitter rivals.